Friday, July 12th -Thursday, July 18th, 7:30pm Venus and Serena Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, 2013, 99 min.
Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They've been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last? In Venus & Serena, we gain unprecedented access into their lives during the most intimidating year of their career. Over the course of 2011, Venus grappled with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease while Serena battled back from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Neither Venus nor Serena let their adversities hold them back. They drew their greatest strength from each other.
"That was a tough year for us because we both got injuries and so many issues. So seeing that is just motivating to see how much we've overcome and to make us stronger." -Serena Williams
"Unprecedented access" -Sports Illustrated
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